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for one day a week.or according to the pentagon'srd chief budget officer robert hale, that would save between $4en billion and $5 billion, but itll would all come out of people's paychecks. any >> if we feel we don't have any choice but to impose furloughs even though we would much prefer not to do it. of frankly, this is within of the least-- or the most distasteful tasks i have faced in my four years in this job. >> reporter: department of defense civilians run training ranges where navy pilots practice strafing runs. they manage the flow of supplies to troops in afghanistan o overhaul army tanks and providen, medical care for everybody fromre for e wounded warriors to retirees. to laying them off for one day a laying week would not cripple national defense, but it would, said jessica wright, the pentagon'st head of personnel, be an economic catastrophe for their families. >> if furloughs are enacted, civilians will experience a 20% decrease in their pay between late april and september. >> reporter: even then, the pentagon would still have to t find another $41 billion in savings d
late april and september. >> reporter: robert hale the chief's pentagon budget officer says the furlough will save the government $4 billion to $5 billion, but president obama says the cuts should be made elsewhere. >> there's no reason they should be furloughed or laid off. >> president obama is trying to pin the blame for the last-minute budget crisis on congress and with both chambers on recess this week he has the stage here in washington all to himself. >> i'm hoping while they're back home, they're hearing it from their constituents so when they get back here, they're ready to do some work and we can avoid these automatic spending cuts. >> but congressmen back home may not be getting the earful the president's hoping for. while nearly half of the americans want to avoid it less than 40% want to let it happen and some of capitol hill agree with the 40%. >> not only should the sequester stand. many pundits say the sequester falls short. >> if the cuts kick in, that same poll shows more people would blame republicans in congress than the president.
. and the funding cuts gethit just one week from today. with the pentagon and other departments already in crisis mode, the white house oannounced thursday the president phoned mitch mcconnell and house speaker john boehner but deliberately avoided saying more. was it simply to restate his position or to reach out to them in the interests of compromise? >> the president spoke with senator mcconnell and the speaker. i have no content to read out to you of those conversations. >> reporter: the two republican leaders pointed out this was the first time the president has reached out to them on the topic of the automatic cuts in two months since the end of 2012. the sequester is set to kick in a week from today will mean $1.2 trillion in across the board cuts. thursday, mr. obama argued to friendly radio hosts that republicans are standing in his way for the wrong reasons. >> their basic view is that nothing is important enough to raise taxes on wealthy individuals or corporations and they would prefer to see these kinds of cuts and that's the thing that binds their party togethe
fees. >> absolutely. can you stick around for the next half hour. thank you. >>> the pentagon state governments and other agencies scrambling ahead of the sequester deadline in washington dc, a how badly will the massive budget cuts hurt, and a conversation with eric squael next. license and registration please. what's this? uhh, it's my geico insurance id card, sir. it's digital, uh, pretty cool right? maybe. you know why i pulled you over today? because i'm a pig driving a convertible? tail light's out.. fix it. digital insurance id cards. just a click away with the geico mobile app. automatic spending cuts of 85-billion dollars would go into . >>> we're getting detailed warnings about what had happen if congress can't reach a deal on automatic spending cuts, $85 billion that would go into effect on the first of march. the massive cuts in the military will affect the country's ability to defend itself and the centers on disease control, and the faa says 47,000 workers could be laid off meaning longer lines and fewer flights. trying to put an e
headlines from s around the globe. "the washington post" says the s pentagon is extending benefits the a to same-sex couples, include they d access to assignments, they do not provide on-base housing o privileges. >> "the houston chronicle" evenge reports an avenge killing of a dui crash, a texas man is accused of shooting and killing a driver who hit his car while drunk. the crash killed the alleged shooter's two young boys outside the car helping their dad when car they were hit. >> a review by the "wall street journal" finds a large number of s people have not proven they're m. eligible for a phone service. last year they provided phones to americans with low income. >> and mice fall short as test may be subjects. it finds t using mice may be totally misleading for major for wasted burns and trauma. >>> we are starting out with a few patches of fog this morning. if you are heading out the door it's still chilly in some of the valleys, as well. getting outside today, clouds early on but plenty of sunshine by the afternoon still freezing though inland. 31 in
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